A breath of oxygen
Could airlines recoup the costs of providing oxygen service from opening up a new market of those with respiratory problems? Marva Raines, the founder of a support group for people with respiratory diseases. thinks so. "The airlines cry that they're going bankrupt, but if people with respiratory problems could fly, there would be more than 3 million more people out there willing to buy tickets," she said.
"That should more than make up for any costs of providing oxygen concentrators." With each oxygen concentrator costing about $5,000 -- and airfare costing what it does -- that sounds very feasible to me.